It Must Be A Balance (#348)

What a week it’s been!

I’ve certainly had my work cut out for me but I know my semester is just beginning. It was only a couple days ago my week started with watching Tom Brady win his sixth Super Bowl with my family. When Bill Belicheck was asked if he thought about retirement, he responded with joy. He said,

It’s about trust.

“There is an old saying about the strength of the wolf is the pack, and I think there is a lot of truth to that. On a football team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.”

It’s about being present.

“To live in the past is to die in the present.”

It’s about growth.

“I think that we’ll continue to try to look at ourselves in the mirror and see where we can do a better job, maybe where we can improve the process. But I think the fundamentals of the process will remain the same.”

Life must be a balance as gratitude is something that ties it all together. We are capable of anything through continual growth and patient perseverance. Gratitude can be your fuel. It can re-energize you after a long week. I am grateful for a lot, but being here in this moment, is what matters most.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Summer audiobooks and podcasts
  2. A reminder to breathe
  3. Friends from home
  4. My cat Ned coming back to UMass
  5. Football with my family
  6. Time with my family
  7. Sharing gratitude
  8. The morning fog with the sunrise
  9. Clean water and staying hydrated
  10. A good night’s rest
  11. Time at the gym to clear my head
  12. Store bought frosting
  13. My Peer Mentors
  14. My friend Neth, from Cambodia
  15. Clean water
  16. Leadership lessons
  17. Teachers, coaches, and mentors
  18. My agenda to keep me organized
  19. Quiet, foggy mornings
  20. A cup of tea to keep me going
  21. Nighttime routines
  22. Signs from the Universe
  23. My job here at UMass
  24. Making new connections
  25. The here and now

As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image from Edinburgh. One of my favorite days abroad.

Author: Jacob Ames

Feline father, perpetual graduate student, sport enthusiast, pancake expert, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to keep my life organized and to develop a platform I can one day use to share baseless conspiracy theories about the robot uprising. I enjoy writing!

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